COSTA MESA — First place in the Orange Coast League and the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team mentioned in the same sentence might sound odd.
But that is where the Mustangs stood Friday night. That is where Coach Bryan Rice expected the Mustangs to be after four league games, quite a turnaround for a team that won a total of three games last season.
In the way, Laguna Beach, the only known winner since the Orange Coast League began in 2006-07. Costa Mesa, leading by four points, was 37 seconds away from beating the Breakers.
Then normalcy returned to the league, if you can call what transpired late at Costa Mesa that. The Breakers remained in first place, barely.
A player with the last name Pillsbury hurt the Mustangs in the stomach down the stretch. Jack Pillsbury drained his only two shots of the game, back-to-back three-pointers in a 21-second span.